It was a busy weekend for South Lakes ladies in Division Three North West of the North League, as they pulled double duty, with mixed results.

They started off by picking up a much-needed first win of the season last Saturday and they claimed a significant scalp in Liverpool Sefton 3rd XI, who went into the game top of the table.

Based on form, not many would have given Lakes a chance, but they recorded a shock 3-2 win in what was the first leg of their Merseyside double-header.

The following day, they faced University of Liverpool 2nd XI, in a match rearranged from last month, and they were brought back down to earth by a 4-3 defeat against a side who hadn’t recorded a victory prior to then.

It was a tough day for South Lakes men, who dropped to second-from-bottom in Division Two North of the North West League after a 5-0 defeat at Preston 4th XI, who were only a point ahead of them at the start of the day.

Both teams are back at Ulverston Leisure Centre against Cumbrian opposition this weekend, as the men are up against Keswick 2nd XI, while the ladies take on opponents from the same club.

In Division Two West of the North League, Windermere men’s 1st XI hammered bottom side Lytham St Annes 9-2, with Will Dolman scoring five of their goals.

Mere were 3-1 ahead at half-time, as Dolman struck with two drag flicks after captain Adam Whitehead had put his side into an early lead.

Lytham had little answer when Mere stepped things up after the interval, as Archie Dalzell tapped in from close range before Lytham replied from a penalty corner.

James Kirkpatrick put a reverse stick slip under the Lytham keeper, Dolman fired a rocket of a shot into the top corner to complete his hat-trick and then added another penalty corner strike before Olly Thomas neatly deflected in from the near post, and Dolman’s clever deflection completed the onslaught.

Windermere ladies’ 1st XI were defeated for the first time this season in the Premier Division of the Lancashire Central League, as they were edged out 3-2 by Lancaster Nomads.

Kitty Carr put Mere ahead, but Nomads levelled before play was disrupted by aggressive exchanges involving both players and home side spectators.

The hosts scored two more goals before Kitty Brownell pulled one back for Mere, who were then denied by an inspired performance by the Nomads’ goalkeeper.

Windermere men’s 2nd XI recorded a 2-0 victory over Fylde 4th XI in Division Four North North thanks to goals from Gonzalo Lucas and Jack Spiby.